Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content


vol. 2021, ed. 4


Spring Conference registration opens to agents and Palmetto Partners
May 18-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC

Registration for the annual Spring Conference to be held May 18-19 in Columbia, SC, is open to agents and Palmetto Partners. Our Spring Conference offers valuable opportunities for insurance professionals to multiply their visibility, increase their knowledge, enhance industry resources, and engage with exhibitors, new contacts and colleagues. The health and wellbeing of participants will continue to be our top priority in holding in-person events, therefore adherence to state and federal health and human services guidelines will be followed. As a result, some logistical changes have been made to conference protocols and format. Attendees will pledge that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure. Face masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Number of people at a time inside classrooms and exhibit hall will be limited as well as our overall registration. We will not be accepting onsite registrations. View full attendee pledge and requirements on our website.  (+ More...)

See also: Registration also open for Young Agent Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held April 26 in Orangeburg


"Big I Leads the Way" at National Big I Virtual Legislative Conference
April 13-16, FREE for members

Join us from the comfort of your computer or mobile device and get up to speed on the many legislative, regulatory and legal challenges to your profession happening now. Hear from legislators, carriers and industry leaders and walk away with a plan to help you lead the way and protect your industry. Detailed conference agenda available soon. National Big I Chairman Jon Jensen from Correll Insurance Group in Spartanburg will make several appearances, and South Carolina to be recognized for our "triple-crown" win for InsurPac fundraising. Registration is FREE, thanks to our Big "I" Virtual Legislative Conference Sponsors!  (+ More...)


In MEMORIAM: James "Frank" Wickliffe Jr.
James Franklin “Frank” Wickliffe, Jr., 74, of Fountain Inn died on Feb. 20, 2021. He and his wife of 40 years, Sarah McKeowen Wickliffe, owned Wickliffe Insurance. Born in Greenville, Frank was a graduate of the Palmetto Military Academy and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member and past president of both the Fountain Inn Rotary Club and the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons James and Jeffrey, and daughter, Jennifer Wickliffe. All four work in the agency. Frank was buried with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to Fairview Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1664, Fountain Inn, SC 29644. Memorials may also be made to the IIABSC Foundation, 800 Gracern Rd, Columbia, SC 29210.


Watch ABEN Ethics webcast that day for 15% discount

March 25 is IIABSC Ethics Day. To celebrate we are offering the Agency Management Based E&O and Ethics webcast with special pricing. It's a great opportunity for your staff to get their required Ethics hours for less during our morning or afternoon sessions. Register using our online education calendar.  (+ More...)

See also: E&O loss control seminar virtual event on commercial liability coverage gaps in July


CLASSROOM SERIES: Ultimate Account Manager School coming to Columbia in April
Seating is limited, newly updated in 2021

NEWLY UPDATED in 2021, IIABSC's Ultimate Account Manager School, coming to Columbia next month, is much more than your typical customer service training. This consecutive three-day series takes an in-depth look at day-to-day issues facing CSRs in their quest to become extraordinary. Includes client management, responding to multiple producers, prioritizing work, E&O pitfalls, etc. April 20-22 at IIABSC office in Columbia, 6 hrs. P&C credit each day.   (+ More...)

See also: IIABSC's new Flood, Wind & Hail course coming to a location near you this May


MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: BlueCross BlueShield Group Health
A new newsletter item this year, our Member Benefit Spotlight aims to help you build your agency using the tools at hand through Big I membership by reminding you of benefits you may have forgotten about. If you need help finding the benefits most in line with the priorities of your agency, you can always contact our Director of Member Services, Megan Thomas (, 803-760-1227) 

BlueCross BlueShield has been teaming with IIABSC for more than 20 years to provide SC agents with a stable, comprehensive and affordable group-health plan with an expansive provider network. We offer an association plan with 18 different options including health incentive accounts or high deductibles eligible for health savings accounts along with dental, vision, life and disability coverage.   (+ More...)


CAT-Columbia-2021-w.jpgCommercial Agent Training Columbia graduating class with their certificates. This classroom series will also be offered in Charleston this August and in Greenville this October.  Please also note that all social-distancing protocols were followed during each session.    (+ Learn more).


Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS
Week of giving June 1-8 to benefit Make-a-Wish South Carolina

We are participating once again in the Trusted Choice GIVE Movement this June 1-8. This annual project led by the our young agents encourages agencies, affiliates and partners to come together for a week of giving to benefit an incredibly inspirational and worthy cause. Together our donations have the potential for life-changing impact for children and families in South Carolina through Make-A-Wish South Carolina..If your agency wishes to participate in this campaign at a higher level, please consider becoming one of our TOP AGENCY GIVERS. Agencies that donate a minimum of $1,000 to the campaign will earn your agency recognition and inspire individual donors to reach various goals and "unlock" our top-level contributions. Agencies can contribute any amount they wish above the base $1,000 with the option to partner with another agency.   (+ More...)


National Legislative Update from IA Magazine


In this issue:

Spring Conference (May 18-19 in Columbia) registration opens to agents and Palmetto Partners 

"Big I Leads the Way" at National Big I Virtual Legislative Conference on April 13-16, FREE for members

In MEMORIAM: James "Frank" Wickliffe Jr.


CLASSROOM SERIES: Ultimate Account Manager School coming to Columbia in April

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: BlueCross BlueShield Group Health

Commercial Agent Training Columbia graduating class

Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS for our week of giving June 1-8 benefitting Make-a-Wish South Carolina

National Legislative Updates from IA Magazine